Doctor of Business Administration

Program Overview
The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at Sierra States University offers a unique educational experience based on a comprehensive curriculum designed to deliver rigorous graduate education to professionals whose careers and management responsibilities exceed a single functional specialty, and require a higher-level of knowledge and skills in the field of Business Administration. Every doctoral student will have to complete 10 core courses (40 units) comprised of advanced core courses and several advanced seminar-like courses. The emphasis of the DBA program is on providing an interdisciplinary, integrated, and applied approach that will prepare students for a more complex set of managerial skills and an advanced organizational knowledge.

With the guidance of a faculty advisor working full-time at Sierra States University, each doctoral student will select four elective courses, choosing from a variety of highly-innovative areas of advanced study and specialization that will contribute to their academic and professional growth and development. The student may opt for any combination of these elective courses, taken from any of the areas of advanced study represented, so that their course of study will be as broad or as narrow as they desire.  These electives should complement or emphasize the student’s prior MBA course of study. The three distinct and innovative areas of advanced study from which they may choose these electives are fast-emerging ones so that the students may tailor their breadth of knowledge to their areas of interest. The emphasis of the DBA program is on providing an interdisciplinary, integrated, and applied approach that will prepare students for a more complex set of managerial skills and an advanced organizational knowledge.

The DBA program will deliver a rigorous education that equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career in business administration. The ability of students to benefit from this doctoral program is not limited to employment in such organizations; the program will also help students build a good ethical foundation for engaging in any business endeavor that the Doctor of Business Administration degree holder would want to venture into. This objective of the program is designed to provide an executive-level of critical thinking and systematic thought, team building, decision-making, and leadership.  As with our other programs, there is a strong emphasis on Biblical values and Christian education.  Courses in the Business major will be taught through the lenses of Christian principles.

Program Requirements

Length: Approximately 12 Quarters or 3 years
Advanced Core Courses in Business Administration:  40 Quarter units
Advanced Electives in Business Administration:  16 Quarter units
Bible & Theology  8 Quarter units
Dissertation Requirement:   8 Quarter units of dissertation research and
writing
Total Graduation Requirements:  72 Quarter units

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completing all the course requirements for the DBA, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their ability to analyze the evolving nature of corporations, and to outline and explain the commonly practiced managerial methods and practices.
  2. Demonstrate that s/he has acquired and can implement management methods that are relevant and applicable to the business world, practicing leadership with change management.
  3. Measure an organization’s intellectual assets; foster new approaches to measuring the economic performance of organizations; and identify how product development merges with entrepreneurship.
  4. Articulate a philosophy of management based upon the integration of empirical, historical, and social science research.
  5. Practice enhanced management skills and interpersonal relationships, and demonstrate ability to manage & administer a business with clear embodiment of Christian ethics.

Unit Transfer Policy
A maximum of twelve (12) graduate units may be transferred into the program from a nationally or regionally-accredited college or university to satisfy the requirements of the DBA program. The acceptance of credit hours is at the discretion of Sierra States University, depending upon the academic rigor of the prior course experience.

Admission Requirements
All applicants for the DBA degree must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the Doctor of Business Administration degree program:
1. Have achieved at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.00 scale in all graduate-level work.
2. Have earned a Master of Business Administration or its equivalent from an accredited graduate program.
Students equipped with this background will complete a 72 unit degree program
(14 courses plus thesis, counting for 8 units of credit).
3. Applicants whose first language is not English should submit a TOEFL score with a 575 minimum average
(paper-based) or 233 minimum average (computer-based) and a TSE score with a 50 minimum average in place of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  Alternately, students may submit evidence of ESL certificate, or may opt to take the ESL program at Sierra.

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